Letters to the Editor

Letters | Board incumbents are building momentum

I have been watching with interest the school board election process, which includes three individuals who are challenging current board members Craig Husa, Dan Popp and Caroline Loudenback.

As a former board member with 20 years of service on the board, I had the opportunity to serve alongside Craig, Dan and Caroline. They each bring character, wisdom and conviction to the board. They each have a number of children currently attending schools in our district, so they are closely in touch with the climate, quality and challenges present in each of our schools.

Craig, who is a U.S. Navy Veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dan and Caroline have served on the board a relatively short time. During this time, the district has continued to improve and move forward. Our schools are acknowledged to be among the best in the state, and they are getting better.

It takes time for board members to learn about their roles and to work together as a strong team. I believe it takes at least two terms for a board member to gain full command of the role, and at least one full term working together as a team to become fully productive. The research also supports the benefit of sustained leadership on the school board, as opposed to frequent change and turnover, which can disrupt momentum and continuous improvement efforts.

The current board  has not yet served for even a single full term together. They are, however, working well together as a team—for the community, the school district and the children. There are many difficult challenges that lie ahead, and sustaining continuity on the board is essential if our district is to continue serving the students in our schools.

Please join me in voting for Craig Husa, Dan Popp and Caroline Loudenback. They are committed to maintaining the positive aspects of our distict, while pressing forward to further improve our schools.

Rudy Edwards

North Bend

Former school board member, 1990-2010

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